About Pediatric Pulmonology
Led by Alfin Vicencio, MD, the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology at Kravis Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing excellent and comprehensive family-centered care for young patients from birth to 21. Our pediatric pulmonologists treat the full spectrum of chronic respiratory conditions, and can offer secondary evaluations to patients with complex airway diseases, who have exhausted therapy elsewhere.
Multidisciplinary Care for Common-through-Complex Conditions
At Kravis Children’s Hospital, our pulmonologists offer vast expertise for patients with asthma in our Asthma Center, as well as treatment for other chronic respiratory conditions. These include cystic fibrosis, chronic cough, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, complex airway abnormalities, wheezing, and more.
Our multidisciplinary team works together to diagnosis and treat every pulmonology condition at all stages. In addition to the pediatric pulmonologists, our team is comprised of endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, allergy and immunologists, general pediatricians and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) experts. Social work services are also available for consultations.
Rapid Expansion Includes New Bronchoscopy Suite
Over the past few years, the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology has been growing and expanding its services and team members. Our newly established Bronchoscopy Suite is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology, specially designed for pediatric procedures. It currently offers several options for minimally invasive treatment for certain respiratory conditions that would otherwise require major surgery, with a goal of developing more in the coming years. As it grows, the Bronchoscopy Service will also be able to provide procedures not available at other pediatric pulmonary programs, such as trans-bronchial biopsies and electromagnetic navigation systems that will increase safety and accuracy.
A Pulmonary Function Laboratory specifically for children is also currently under construction to provide specialized measurements of lung function in children as young as two-years-old upon its completion. Also in its beginning stages, but with the goal of fully developing in the next few years, is a Center for Severe and Refractory Asthma. Our physicians have been studying a subset of asthma that may be linked to fungal and mold infections, and hope to develop new diagnostic techniques and therapies for it.
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